Jay Kvapil

Member, NASAD Commission on Accreditation
Re-elected October 2015, term ends October 2018

Jay Kvapil has served in a variety of roles at California State University Long Beach (CSULB), including Professor of Art (Ceramics), twelve years as Director of the School of Art, Graduate Advisor, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean of the College of the Arts. His full-time teaching career began at the University of Hawaii in 1984, later moving to CSULB in 1986. Most recently he served as Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at CSU Northridge, before returning to the faculty at Long Beach.

Professor Kvapil’s work has been shown at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Dorothy Weiss Gallery San Francisco, the Oakland Museum, the Scripps College Invitational, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and numerous other national and international exhibitions. He is currently represented by Couturier Gallery in Los Angeles.

Professor Kvapil received his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in Literature from the University of the Pacific in 1973, spending an equal amount of time in the ceramics lab as he did studying literature and philosophy. Upon finishing undergraduate studies, he traveled to Japan, where he studied tea ceremony ceramics in 1974 and 1975 at the Takatori Seizan Pottery on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan, achieving the rank of Journeyman Potter. After returning to the United States, he received both his Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, where he also served as Conference Director for the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in San Jose, 1982. He has served NASAD as Treasurer, as member of the Board of Directors, and was first elected to the Commission on Accreditation in 2012.


Updated April 2018